Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada) – Youth in Natural Resources


The Youth in Natural Resources program offers eligible employers salary coverage to create STEM-related jobs within natural resources sectors and/or with a positive environmental outcome.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will cover up to 80% of a candidates wages up to a maximum of $18,000.
Additional funding is available for underrepresented groups.


Applicants/host organizations must:

  • be organizations that are Canadian owned or Canadian subsidiaries, municipal or provincial government departments,
  • provide a full-time work placement and training opportunities in an environmental role,
  • hire a new employee for a position connected to one of the four Natural Resource sectors, or be an organization interested in processes with a positive environmental outcome.

Natural Resources sectors that qualify for funding include:

  • Energy Sector – Clean Energy Technology; Energy Efficiency/Fuel Switching; Transmission, Smart Grid, Energy Storage; Sustainable Development of Non-Renewable Resources;
  • Forest sector – Forestry and Support Activities; Ecology & Management; Non-Traditional Forest-Based Bioeconomy Products Manufacturing; Solid Wood Product Manufacturing; Pulp & Paper Product Manufacturing;
  • Mining, Minerals & Metals Sector – Prospecting & Exploration; Processing & Manufacturing, Construction & Development; Mining Supply & Services; Extraction & Milling; Reclamation Closure & maintenance;
  • Earth Sciences & Support Sector – Environmental Assessment; Natural Hazard Risk Analysis & Prevention; Environmental Protection; Geomatics & Earth Observation; Sustainable Development.

Interns must (fewer criteria identified):

  • be 30 years of age or younger,
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status,
  • currently unemployed or underemployed.

Other Things to Note:

Oct 2022:
ECO Canada is Natural Resources Canada’s delivery partner.

Applications for employers are currently open.
Applications for youth candidates are currently open.


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